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The Hong Kong College of Otorhinolaryngologists (HKCORL)

Principles and Guidelines on

Continuing Medical Education (CME) and

Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

2008

Effective from 1 May 2010

1.

Objectives of CPD/CME

 

1.1

The purposes of CPD and CME are to keep Fellows informed and up-to-date, and to maintain a high standard of professional practice.

 

1.2

The CPD/CME programme of the HKCORL will comply with the “Principles and Guidelines on CME and CPD of The Hong Kong Academy of Medicine”. The CPD and CME activities will be considered the same by our College. From here onwards, the term CPD is used alone to mean both CPD and CME.

2.

Supervision of CPD

 

2.1

A CPD Subcommittee shall function within the Education Committee,

 

2.2

There shall be not less than four and not more than seven members in the Subcommittee, at least two of which shall be members of the Education Committee.  Members of the subcommittee should include one representative of the Hong Kong Society of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, one Fellow from Hospital Authority Hospitals, one Fellow from the Private sector and one Fellow from each University Medical Faculty.  The Chairman of the Education Committee shall been an ex-officio member of the Subcommittee.

 

2.3

The Subcommittee shall:

 

a)  

Draw up and monitor the CPD programme,

 

b)  

Pre-approve activities to be recognized for CPD points,

 

c)  

Record all CPD activities and their approved points,

 

d)  

Provide for a “CPD Register” at all local approved activities,

 

e)  

Circulate a currentlyapproved list of CPD activities to all HKCORL Fellows and registered trainees.

 

2.4

Fellows, residing in Hong Kong or overseas, must fulfill the full requirements of the CPD programme by the end of each cycle.

 

2.5

Fellows must respond to call for CPD returns from College, and submit all returns with required proof within the defined period of time.

 

2.6

Fellows failing to submit return on time will be regarded as CPD non-compliant.  Subsequent request to review late submissions may be subject to an administrative fee to be determined by the College.

 

2.7

All notices sent to the address last provided by a Fellow to the College will be deemed to have been received by that Fellow, and it is the responsibility of a Fellow to update the College of his contact address whenever it is changed.

3.

The Cycle

 

3.1

A cycle of CPD assessment shall consist of 3 years.

 

3.2

The College adopted fixed CPD cycle from 1 January 2005.  Fellows will commence their first cycleimmediatelyafter their admission to Academy Fellowship; and the required CPD points for the first cycle will be counted on pro-rata basis.

 

3.3

College should report to the Education Committee of the Academy any Fellow of the Academy who fails to comply with CPD requirements at the end of the cycle.

4.

Measurement of Activities

 

4.1

A Point of CPD activity is equivalent to one hour of participation in a Formal College Approved Activity (FCAA).

 

4.2

The CPD subcommittee of the College will decide number of points to be awarded to activities that normally cannot be accredited on time basis; and to individual CPD categories taking into consideration the nature of their specialties.

5.

Accredited CPD Activities

 

5.1

Self-study

 

a)  

Self-study of medical educational material is accepted as a form of CPD.

 

b)  

The self-study materials include journal paper, book chapter, audiovisual material, and internet publication.

 

c)  

Self-study is only accredited with the necessary evidence that it has been carried out diligently. Self-study would require documentation of completion of the relevant activity.  This will take the form of written summary of not less than 100 words for each hour of study or correctly answer the required test questions approved by the College.

 

d)  

One CPD point per self-study item.

 

e)  

A maximum of 30 CPD points is allowed in a 3 years cycle of ENT related self-study activities.

 

f)  

A maximum of 5 CPD points is allowed in a 3 years cycle of non-ENT related self-study activity.

 

5.2

Passive Participation in meeting.

 

a)  

Starting from 1 January, 2008, a maximum of 75 CPD points is allowed in a 3 year cycle and this includes both ENT-related and non-ENT related FCAA.

 

b)  

One CPD point per hour of passive participation.

 

c)  

A maximum of 20 CPD points is allowed per meeting.

 

d)  

Half point per hour for non-ENT related activities.

 

e)  

A maximum of 10 CPD points is allowed in a 3 years cycle for non-ENT related FCAA.

 

5.3

Active Participation in meeting

 

a)  

Invited speaker

5 points

 

 

Submitted paper presented

5 points

 

 

Submitted poster (first author)

3 points

 

 

Abstracts (no presentation)

2 points

 

 

Chair or moderate a meeting

5 points

 

b)  

A maximum of 20 CPD points is allowed per meeting.

 

c)  

There is no upper limit of CPD points in a 3 years cycle for ENT related FCAA

 

5.4

Publications

 

a)  

Book/thesis

10 points

 

 

Book chapter, first author or corresponding author

10 points

 

 

Book chapter, co-author

5 points

 

 

Paper (Index Medicus), first or corresponding author

10 points

 

 

Paper (Index Medicus), co-author                                                                              

5 points

 

 

Paper (non Index Medicus), first author or corresponding author

5 points

 

 

Paper (non Index Medicus), co-author 

2 points

 

b)  

A maximum of 30 CPD points is allowed in a 3 years cycle

 

5.5

Research

 

a)  

Peer review manuscript for journal is accepted as a form of CPD.

 

b)  

One CPD point per manuscript.

 

c)  

A maximum of 5 CPD points is allowed in a 3 years cycle.

 

5.6

Development of New Technologies or Services.

 

a)  

The development of new services and technologies is accepted as a form of CPD.

 

b)  

A written report is required for assessment of CPD points.

 

c)  

5 CPD points for principle developer and 2 CPD points for co-developer for each new technology or service.

 

d)  

A maximum of 20 CPD points is allowed in a 3 years cycle.

 

5.7

Undergraduate Teaching.

 

a)  

Undergraduate teaching activities including lecture, out-patient, bedside, tutorial, demonstration, examination are not accepted as a form of CPD.

 

b)  

Development of audiovisual teaching materials or problem based learning case is considered as CPD activity.

 

c)  

A written report is required for assessment of CPD points.

 

d)  

A maximum of 5 CPD points is allowed in a 3 years cycle.

 

5.8

Postgraduate Teaching

 

a)  

Postgraduate teaching activities including lecture, out-patient, bedside, tutorial, demonstration, examination are not accepted as a form of CPD.

 

b)  

Development of audiovisual teaching material or problem based learning case is considered as CPD activity.

 

c)  

A written report is required for assessment of CPD points.

 

d)  

A maximum of 5 CPD points is allowed in a 3 years cycle.

 

5.9

Conducting Examinations

 

a)  

The participation as an examiner in ENT specialist examinations can be counted for CPD Points.

 

b)  

One CPD point per hour of examination.

 

c)  

A maximum of 5 CPD points is allowed in a 3 years cycle.

 

5.10

Quality Assurance and Medical Audits

 

a)  

Quality assurance activities, such as clinical/surgical review and audit, clinical governance, peer review of operative practice, activities that examine and,

 

b)  

evaluate the clinical care of patients, are accepted as a form of CPD.

 

c)  

A written report is required for assessment of the CPD points.

 

d)  

5 CPD points per activity.

 

e)  

A maximum of 15 CPD points is allowed in a 3 years cycle.

 

5.11

Mortality & Morbidity Meetings

 

a)  

Participation in mortality & morbidity meetings can be awarded CPD points.

 

b)  

One CPD point per hour.

 

c)  

A maximum of 5 CPD points is allowed in a 3 years cycle.

 

5.12

Postgraduate Courses

 

a)  

Attending a course leading to post-graduate qualification can be accepted as a form of CPD.

 

b)  

One CPD point per hour of participation.

 

c)  

A maximum of 10 CPD points is allowed in a 3 years cycle.

 

5.13

Development of CME/CPD Materials

 

a)  

Participation in development of CPD materials for self-study or e-learning can be awarded CPD points.

 

b)  

The CME/CPD material or a written report is required for assessment of the CPD point.

 

c)  

Three points for first author and one point for co-author for each CPD material.

 

d)  

A maximum of 15 CPD points is allowed in a 3 years cycle.

 

5.14

Activities for Improvement of Patient Cares

 

a)  

Participation in learning/activities that enhances the ability to practise clinical skills, patient management and cares, e.g. information technology, interpersonal and communication skill training, skills laboratory learning, and virtual reality learning can be awarded CPD points.

 

b)  

A written report is required for the assessment of CPD points.

 

c)  

One CPD point per hour of passive participation.

 

d)  

5 CPD points per hour of active participation.

 

e)  

A maximum of 20 CPD points is allowed in a 3 years cycle.

 

5.15

Grand Rounds in Training Units

 

a)  

Participation in accredited grand rounds in training units can be awarded CME/CPD points.

 

b)  

One CPD point per hour.

 

c)  

A maximum of 5 CPD points is allowed in a 3 years cycle.

6.

Maximum Number of Accreditable Hours

 

There is a maximum CPD points to be accredited for each category of CME/CPD activities as listed in 5.1-5.15.

7.

Minimum CPD Requirements for A Cycle

 

7.1

The minimum CPD requirement is 90 Points in a 3-year cycle.  CPD points accumulated in excess of the requirement for one cycle cannot be carried forward to the next cycle.

 

7.2

There is no requirement on minimum number of CPD Points to be achieved each year.

8.

Certification of CME/CPD

 

8.1

Fellows who accumulate the required a minimum of 90 CPD/CME points will be issued a certificate to certify that they have achieved a satisfactory level of CME/CPD over the period under review.  A fee may be levied for the issue of such a certificate to cover administrative costs and the fee is to be determined by the College from time to time.

 

8.2

Fellows who fail to achieve the required minimum credit points (90 points) at the end of the three years cycle will be notified.  They have to submit an explanation and a proposal for remedial action within two weeks to Education Committee of the HKCORL for consideration.

 

8.3

The CME/CPD status of Academy fellows will be reported as required by the HKAM.  Those Academy Fellows who fail to fulfill the required CME/CPD points will be considered for possible sanction by the HKAM.

 

 

Endorsed by HKAM in April 2010

 

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